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CharityAK
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Date: 10/4/08 11:54 AM

After reading about Linda G.'s great thrift store wool fabric find in the Fabric Fast thread, I got to wondering how the slower economy and a possible recession might effect your fabric purchasing habits.

Will you economize by buying less expensive fabrics?

Will you economize by buying less fabric, but keep the quality the same?

Will you economize by searching for outrageous bargains?

Will you economize by buying in thrift stores?

Repurposing garments for their fabric?

Will you spend the same, but cut back elsewhere in your budget instead?

Will it not make any difference at all and you will continue on as before?

Will you sew less overall?

Charity

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Beginning Stash on 01/01/08 - 800 yards
Yardage Sewn in 2008 - 145 yards
Items Sewn - 92
Yardage Given Away in 2008 - 34.25
Wadder Yardage - 5 yards

TOTAL STASH REDUCTION TO DATE: 156.25 yards
DISALLOWED YARDAGE BOUGHT IN 2008 - 36 yards
CURRENT STASH: 643.75 yards

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Date: 10/4/08 11:55 AM

For myself, I think I will probably economize by continuing to sew my stash as has been my focus since the beginning of the year. I have made a large dent in my stash this year (see stats below). However, I bet I could continue to sew for several more years before my stash would run out of options for me.

Now if only my food pantry was as well-stocked!

Charity

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Beginning Stash on 01/01/08 - 800 yards
Yardage Sewn in 2008 - 145 yards
Items Sewn - 92
Yardage Given Away in 2008 - 34.25
Wadder Yardage - 5 yards

TOTAL STASH REDUCTION TO DATE: 156.25 yards
DISALLOWED YARDAGE BOUGHT IN 2008 - 36 yards
CURRENT STASH: 643.75 yards

Personal Blog - Vintage Threads, http://www.vintagethreads.blogspot.com

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Date: 10/4/08 12:09 PM

I'm not sure that the enconomy is going to change how I purchase fabric so much. I need clothes, badly, and sewing some items is more money-wise than buying them at the store (pants and dresses). I'm trying to make sure that I buy the best quality I can in case I end up in a situation where I can't just rush out and buy some cheap fabric for an interview.

Once I have a closet that isn't on the brink of disaster, I'd like to spend some time doing craft-type sewing which is gnerally a little less fabric and the fabric is better used. So economically, I'll be spending less money and more time.

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Date: 10/4/08 2:19 PM

Will you economize by buying less expensive fabrics? maybe, not likely.

Will you economize by buying less fabric, but keep the quality the same? yes. I have too many doggone clothes in the first place. Today I had an order in the cart at Fabric Mart, then realized that I could make items out of fabric I already had, and discarded the order.

Will you economize by searching for outrageous bargains? yes, but not stocking up on them.

Will you economize by buying in thrift stores? yes but I already did that. Also, ebay, craigslist, garage sales.

Repurposing garments for their fabric? yes

Will you spend the same, but cut back elsewhere in your budget instead? somewhat I am cutting down on eating out

Will you sew less overall? no

I am trying to think of ways to use up the stash I have and to be creative. Also, I am having a yard sale and selling some craft supplies that I no longer want. And I am in craft trades on craftster.org. which brings in supplies in exchange for items I can make or already have.

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Date: 10/4/08 3:07 PM

I won't buy less expensive fabrics, I'll shop from my stash more and think twice before I buy anything. It is much less expensive to sew for myself even with fabric buys. But, I will think twice about every piece I do buy.

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Date: 10/4/08 3:22 PM

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Will you economize by buying less expensive fabrics?


No, but I'll economize by avoiding cheap fabric.

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Will it not make any difference at all and you will continue on as before?
Taking my lead from a political candidate - yes, pretty much. Drill, Baby, Drill.

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Date: 10/4/08 3:48 PM

Will you economize by buying less expensive fabrics? No - I have learned that buying cheap fabrics are a waste of my time. Just like buying cheap clothes, they wear out faster, plus often times things are less than fun to sew with when they are lessy quality.

Will you economize by buying less fabric, but keep the quality the same? Probably. I am trying to whittle away my stash, but I'm not really restricting myself either. I do try to be thoughtful about what I purchase and make sure it's quality and something I need.

Will you economize by searching for outrageous bargains? Maybe. I'm a bargain hunter/coupon clipper anyway so it's in my blood. It all depends on what I'm needing.

Will you economize by buying in thrift stores? Maybe. I usually don't visit thrift stores because there is only the Goodwill in my town (oh there might be another one come to think of it). At the Goodwill, everything is WAY overpriced so I rarely go there anymore. If I happen upon something tho, I'm happy to snatch it up. My MIL garages sales and often brings me great treasures!

Repurposing garments for their fabric? Yes, but I do that anyway. I often cut up the boys' ripped up pj's and make them undies out of the good parts (they like the boxer briefs I make them). I love repurposing when I can anyway, so this will be nothing new for me.

Will you spend the same, but cut back elsewhere in your budget instead? Probably. I don't overspend on sewing stuff anyway.

Will it not make any difference at all and you will continue on as before? I think the way my family is, nothing will change. We live within our means, if not below, so all should be hunky dory.

Will you sew less overall? Heck no! I love sewing too much.
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Date: 10/4/08 4:46 PM

We are thankful that we went through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University 18 months ago -- best $80 we ever spent. Thanks to what we learned there, we are better off now then we've ever been.

I did learn a lot about being more thrifty and I find it costs a lot less to sew than to crack open the Talbots catalog (that was about the only place I shopped cause a lot of their clothes seemed to fit and flatter me.)

I'm not much of a fabric stasher -- when I see a ton of fabric in my home, I feel like I have to punch a time card and sew every night. It wears me out. I find sewing a lot more fun when I buy a few pieces at a time choosing the right pattern, etc. There is some fabric I want badly right now on sale at a couple different Internet sites. Do you think I'm sewing today so I can buy more?? You bet I am!!!

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Date: 10/4/08 5:44 PM

The economy really won't effect my sewing purchases. I have always been very thrifty with my fabric shopping. I buy silk velvets and cashmeres, but have my sources for really good price points. I mean REALLY GOOD ! I have often reworked fabric from thrift store garments, choosing a large size and knowing I can re use it easily for my petite size. Shopping the thrifts is something I have always enjoyed, sometime buying entire garments just for the fabulous buttons I could re cycle. So my habits won't change. I've always been a thrifty one.

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Date: 10/4/08 6:17 PM

Yes, on the buttons, solosmocker. I have found the most gorgeous buttons in the. 50 garment fabric at our local SA. I've found gorgeous carved MOP buttons, wood safari animal buttons and some great ceramic hand-painted contemporary buttons. All for .50 a garment!

Charity

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Beginning Stash on 01/01/08 - 800 yards
Yardage Sewn in 2008 - 145 yards
Items Sewn - 92
Yardage Given Away in 2008 - 34.25
Wadder Yardage - 5 yards

TOTAL STASH REDUCTION TO DATE: 156.25 yards
DISALLOWED YARDAGE BOUGHT IN 2008 - 36 yards
CURRENT STASH: 643.75 yards

Personal Blog - Vintage Threads, http://www.vintagethreads.blogspot.com

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